Single Game Sports Betting Coming to Canada Bill Passes Third Reading

Published Saturday, March 03, 2012 -

Canadian punters are happy with the latest developments in Canada’s law regarding parlay betting. New Democratic Party MP Joe Comartin has been victorious in his efforts to change the Criminal Code in the country that currently limits sports betting to parlay wagers involving a minimum of three games.

Bill C-290 passed its third reading in the House of Commons, leaving only a Senate to pass single-game sports bets into Canadian law. The amendments would allow individual provinces to decide whether to offer single-game sports wagers to their residents through their provincial gaming organizations. Conservative  Senator Bob Runciman has agreed to sponsor the private members bill in the federal legislature’s upper chamber. Ian McMahon who is Comartin’s legislative assistant says Comartin “has crossed all the t’s and dotted the i’s with his Senate colleagues and we have full confidence it will pass.” The bill will come through the Senate sometime this summer where the general consensus is there will be no opposition to its passing.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Chief Executive Officer Rod Phillips acknowledged that while “there are still important details to work out, this would represent good news.” Comartin represents the riding of Windsor Ontario where the casinos close to Detroit are suffering a lack of funds. The addition of a sports book that offers single game betting won’t do a whole lot to ease the financial concerns of the casinos in the southern Ontario city but it will help. Comartin’s achievement is a milestone in the history of the Canadian parliament. Private member’s bills are the most difficult to get through the process. Only a few hundred bills introduced independently have managed to pass over the last hundred years.

The Woodbine Entertainment Group wants to add sports books to its horseracing offering and supports the efforts of this parliamentarian. The interactive aspect to allowing punters to place bets over the internet is coming soon too. Woodbine Entertainment Group’s online wagering division HorsePlayer Interactive  will now be accessible to horse race fans in northern Ontario.



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